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Battle for Azeroth: Azerite and the Heart of Azeroth
05/11/2017 em 01:41
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth was announced at BlizzCon 2017 and Azerite and the Heart of Azeroth were announced to replace the Artifact, Artifact Power and Netherlight Crucible systems from Legion.
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BlizzCon 2017 Coverage
If you are interested in knowing more about Battle for Azeroth Reveal, check one of the articles below
Battle for Azeroth Reveal
Upcoming Changes to Stormwind and Orgrimmar
The Zones of Battle for Azeroth
Speculation of the Burning of Teldrassil
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Heart of Azeroth
The Heart of Azeroth is an Artifact Quality medallion that is a gift from Azeroth and Magni Bronzebeard. Here are the basic details:
You'll carry the Heart of Azeroth throughout the entire expansion. It is the new "Artifact Weapon".
The Heart of Azeroth is empowered by Azerite and will automatically absorb any nearby Azerite. No loss of bag space or time spent clicking!
Once the Heart of Azeroth absorbs enough Azerite, it can level up. Upon reaching certain levels, it will awaken some latent properties in another piece of gear.
Players will be able to unlock new "traits" on pieces of gear when the Heart of Azeroth reaches certain thresholds. This system is very similar to the Netherlight Crucible in terms of choosing traits. Reach a certain level of power, unlock a new trait.
The current plan is that Helm, Shoulders and Chests will be able to be empowered by the Heart of Azeroth
Each of these pieces has 3 rings; each ring has multiple traits on it. When a ring is unlocked, players will be able to choose a single trait to learn.
The outer ring unlocks first and consists of 4 possible choices. The middle ring unlocks second and consists of 3 possible choices. The inner ring unlocks last and consists of 2 possible choices.
A piece with the same name will have the exact same layout of traits -- You'll be able to see it in the Dungeon Journal. No RNG!
However, higher item level pieces will have more powerful traits, but Azerite attuned pieces
Offensive traits will also be paired on the same ring as other offensive traits. Utility traits will always be paired on the same ring as other utility traits. This will create meaningful choices.
Once you choose a trait, the ring will rotate until your choice is at the top!
Magni Bronzebeard gives us the Heart of Azeroth. What are his motives? Some people were speculating that he has an alternate motive and the Old Gods may be involved because he fulfills Il'gynoth's Whispers.
"The King of Diamonds is made a pawn."
“Five keys to open our way. Five torches to light our path.”
“The Lord of Ravens will turn the key.”
For more information and some speculation, check out
the Black Empire post
Azerite will be Battle for Azeroth's version of Artifact Power.
As the suffers and bleeds due to the Horde and Alliance conflict, her life essence bleeds onto the surface and crystallizes in to a powerful substance called Azerite.
The Goblins and Gnomes have developed technology that allows players to determine which islands have Azerite on them and allows for the Island Expeditions feature.
Azerite can be found in nodes, chests, creatures, questgivers, powerful bosses and more!
Azerite can also be gained from World Quests and Dungeons/Raids
Nearby Azerite will be automatically absorbed into the Heart of Azeroth and empower it.
The Heart of Azeroth
In the aftermath of the Legion’s assault on Azeroth, the world is teetering on the brink. As the Horde and the Alliance battle, the very essence of Azeroth is seeping out. It’s up to you to not only defend your faction, but to also defend Azeroth herself.Early on in Battle for Azeroth, Magni Bronzebeard will entrust you with a powerful artifact to wear around your neck throughout your journey: the Heart of Azeroth, which represents the hopes and dreams of the world.
Over the course of the expansion, you’ll encounter Azerite, an incredible new resource that’s appeared in the wake of the Legion’s demise. As you gather this substance, you’ll use it to empower the Heart of Azeroth. Unlike the artifact weapons that heroes wielded in Legion, the Heart of Azeroth is not itself an item that you will customize; instead, it will serve as a source of power that awakens latent properties of some other pieces of armor that you’ll wear throughout your adventures.Speaking of gear, we’ll also be performing another stat “squish,” like we did in Warlords of Draenor, to bring player health and damage numbers down to more comprehensible numbers without affecting players’ actual effectiveness against the foes around them.
Battle for Azeroth at BlizzCon 2017
Here's a roundup to all of Wowhead's Battle for Azeroth BlizzCon coverage, for easy navigation!
Battle for Azeroth,
World of Warcraft's next expansion was revealed
are being added in the expansion with custom appearances and special Heritage Armor sets.
previewed the Lightforged Draenei and Highmountain Tauren
races on the show floor.
can be druids!
Two dungeons were available and their
Dungeon Journal was available
in the demo.
Design a Dungeon Boss
panel also highlighted the Shrine of the Storm Dungeon.
The demo contained
from every class, but specifically tanks.
We also found that
are returning in the expansion, with one for every class (except Shamans).
We also looked at all the large
and some classes got Artifact Traits available as Talents.
Blizzard discussed these topics in
with Patrick Dawson and Chris Robinson.
Several updates are coming to gear systems:
item level and stat squish
update is coming in Battle for Azeroth.
Legendaries and Titanforging
info was revealed, including no Titanforging on Azerite armor.
The Heart of Azeroth is empowered by Azerite
and can empower latent energies in pieces of gear.
are a new 3 person co-op experience.
Kul Tiras and Zandalar
are the new continents, focusing on the maritime empire for the Alliance and trolls for the Horde.
Check out more expansion art in the
Art of WoW Panel
Stormwind and Orgrimmar
also received updates!
are heavily inspired by RTS games, and players will fight for control of Stromgarde as they expand their faction's base.
Some major quality of live changes were announced at the
such as increased character slots and upright orcs.
increased default bagpack slots
are on the way if you use an authenticator.
At the end of the Q&A we also learned that the
Battle for Azeroth Beta Opt-In
is now open.
Several announced features are
coming in Patch 7.3.5
Zone Scaling and Leveling Improvements
- all pre-Legion zones will now scale up to certain levels.
will be the second Timewalking raid, as part of the Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking Event.
The Battle for Azeroth Intro Cinematic was
previewed at the Opening Ceremony
The events of the cinematic were transformed into a
for the Battle of Lordaeron.
Before the Storm
covers the events leading up to the cinematic. The
book cover was revealed
and convention-goers received a
copy of the Prologue
We speculated on the
Burning of Teldrassil
which directly leads to the Battle for Lordaeron.
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